Pilot-testing Crosswinds in Birmingham Airport

Pilot-testing crosswinds in Birmingham Airport

It's BHXwinds (Xwinds at Birmingham Airport) season, and the reputation of the unusually gusty ant turbulent approaches here is combined with some extra difficulty.  Pilot-testing crosswinds in Birmingham Airport is so famous in UK that people often gather there just to watch and record some of the white-knuckle landings. As this video shows, the crosswinds are so strong that some planes appear to hover, rock and sway as they attempt to land!

"When there's a crosswinds - at BHX (Birmingham Airport) at least - landing planes often seem to 'float' above the runway much longer than normal," - says an aviation enthusiasts. "The undulations in the BHX runway accentuate these floats: if a plane just misses touchdown on the crest of a bump it can glide down the slope on far side like a ski jumper".

While landing in strong crosswinds might look scary, former airline captain David J. Williams says they're not as bad as they look. Writing on the aviation website, he said there are several techniques pilots use in these conditions.

Check it out on this video!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/lP35ULU6IcQ Here you can see two types of aircraft:  Dash-8 and ATR 72 twin-engines.

Dash-8

The Bombardier Dash 8 or Q-Series, previously known as the de Havilland Canada Dash 8 or DHC-8, is a series of twin-engined, medium range, turboprop airliners. Introduced by de Havilland Canada in 1984, they are now produced by Bombardier Aerospace. An interesting fact about the Dash 8 Q 400 is that the quietest place in the passenger cabin is actually between the two propellers.Pilot-testing Crosswinds in Birmingham Airport

ATR 72

The ATR 72 is a twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner manufactured by the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR. It was developed as a stretched variant of the ATR 42, and entered service in 1989.Pilot-testing Crosswinds in Birmingham Airport